Often seeing the government from the outside, people may question the need for some spending. Last night’s Nashua Budget Committee brought such a question from our Public Comment segment. We addressed this resolution which would finish the necessary upgrades: R-21-128 – POLICE DEPARTMENT’S HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM, WINDOW IMPROVEMENTS AND LOCKER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
The building had become run-down, waiting for repairs and replacements of essential items due to the cost restrictions, but when employees had to wipe snow off desks and lockers no longer locked guns safely away, it became clear that this was essential. This funding would finish what needed to be finished.
Back to the caller…They asked why we needed to spend this money during tight times – and since their home had no air-conditioning why should the police building have it. I’m afraid they may not have understood what building air-conditioning actually does to keep a building healthy along with those who must use it. Rusting lockers means the moisture buildup is unhealthy – that would lead to windows warping and perhaps mold in the walls and even viruses lingering making the building unsafe for our employees.
And just one more thing… Infrastructure that is not maintained always costs more to reclaim than to keep up. Nashua has learned this harsh lesson with our streets, and I’m glad this resolution was fully supported by the Budget Committee. You can see the full meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kkp4PtzkCY and the presentation for this item beginning at 14:14